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"A Doll's House" essay. How you would perform the role of Dr Rank in his first and final appearance

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´╗┐How you would perform the role of Dr Rank in his first and final appearance in order to highlight how the character develops over the course of the play? In the first scene that Dr Rank appears in, his purpose is to highlight his illness to the audience. Therefore I would act his role to gain sympathy from the audience for his illness by walking with a hunched back to portray his spinal injury and constantly checking my pocket watch to show that time is running out. Also on the line ?However dreadful I feel, I want to prolong the agony as long as possible?, I would attempt to raise my neck and pull my shoulders back to show courage and a fighting spirit, but portray my physical impairment of injury to the spine to make me unable to do so, conveying the message that although his spirit isn?t ready to die, his body is giving up on him. ...read more.


Whereas a modern audience wouldn?t have agreed with Nora?s actions but would have maybe felt she was driven to her actions by being unhappy in her marriage. This would have accomplished my purpose of gaining sympathy for Dr Rank and also would have an impact on the audience because the scene initially makes them aware of his terminal illness before they are emotionally attached to his character to be able to form an unbiased opinion of his seemingly close relationship with Nora. If I were able to cast an actor perfect for the part of Dr Rank he would contain the physical trait of a bit of stubble to show he wasn?t worried about his appearance because he knows his time will be up soon and has better things to focus on. The actor would have unkempt brown hair to also portray the same message that he feels his appearance is unimportant in the scheme of things and also the colour brown to portray that he isn?t at an old age and ...read more.


Also When Dr Rank expresses ?Why shouldn?t we enjoy every blessed thing? it shows knowledge that you should enjoy everything life has to offer before it?s too late, which hints to the audience that he is telling his friends not to make the same mistake that he did, this also links to another line that says ?No-one must regret anything ever? because it almost seems like he is trying to convince himself because he regrets not experiencing everything life has to offer before he came too ill. Lastly the line ?Sleep well, Doctor? that Nora says to Dr Rank is ironic because it suggests that this is her send off for him before he dies and is submitted to death which could be viewed as an eternal sleep. A 19th century audience would be surprised to this imagery of death being like a sleep because most of society at the time would be religious and would believe in heaven. However a modern audience would be more open towards the idea of death being like an endless dream. ...read more.

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